Colin Duffy won gold in a sweep for the United States at the 2020 Pan American Combined Sport Climbing Championships. In addition, by being the highest ranked athlete he has qualified to the Olympics. The Pan American Combined Sport Climbing Championships is currently being held in Los Angeles, United States from February 24th to March 2nd 2020.
The competition had three rounds. The pre-qualifying event was won by Ecuador’s Carlos Granja whose first place speed portion and competitive bouldering and lead portions gave him a total of 16 points. This just edged out Sean Bailey of the United States who finished with 20 points.
A better speed portion for Bailey and a poor bouldering and lead portions for Granja during the qualification round allowed him to win the round with a total of 16 points. A distant second was Bailey’s compatriot Zach Galla who had 45 points.
The top eight advanced to the finals. Duffy improved on his speed and bouldering performances finishing fifth and second respectively. He sealed his Olympic quota by repeating his first place lead performance during the qualification round by reaching the top within 3:30 to finish with a total of 10 points. The medal podium turned into an all-United States affair with compatriots Galla and Zander Waller winning the silver and bronze medals respectively.
This was the final opportunity for athletes in Pan America to qualify in the men’s combined. The next continent to host their qualifier will be Africa, set to be held later this month.
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